UAE launches tourist visas for Israelis

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates launched tourist visas for Israeli citizens on Thursday, official media said, in the latest move following the normalisation...

India resumes talks with protesting farmers over agriculture reforms

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Indian government ministers began talks with farmers’ leaders on Thursday to try and break a deadlock over laws passed earlier...

EU envoys hope for a Brexit trade deal in days, UK sees progress

BRUSSELS: European Union diplomats said on Thursday they hoped a Brexit trade deal with Britain could be agreed by Friday or at...

OPEC+ resumes talks on 2021 oil policy amid disagreements

LONDON: OPEC and Russia resume talks on Thursday in a bid to define policies for 2021 after an initial round of discussions...

US bans cotton imports from China producer citing Xinjiang ‘slave labour’

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration expanded economic pressure on China’s western region of Xinjiang, banning cotton imports from a powerful Chinese quasi-military organization...

Boeing’s updated 737 MAX completes first flight with media onboard

DALLAS: Boeing Co’s 737 MAX staged its first post-grounding flight with media on board on Wednesday, as carriers seek to demonstrate to...

Trump expected to sign bill that could delist Chinese companies, White House says

WASHINGTON: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a law to kick Chinese companies off U.S. stock exchanges if they do not fully...

China’s Ant considers Paytm stake sale amid tensions with India

HONG KONG/NEW DELHI: Chinese fintech giant Ant Group is considering selling its 30pc stake in Indian digital payment processor Paytm amid tensions...

Stocks eye peaks on vaccine progress, dollar near two-and-a-half-year low

LONDON: World stocks skirted towards record highs on Wednesday on the prospect of a coronavirus vaccine and additional US economic stimulus, though...

EU lawmaker warns of risks from UK ‘hasty’ approval of Pfizer Covid vaccine

BRUSSELS: Britain’s emergency approval of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is “problematic” as it was done too...

Biden says will not kill Phase 1 trade deal with China immediately: NYT

WASHINGTON: Joe Biden will not immediately cancel the Phase 1 trade agreement that President Donald Trump struck with China nor take steps...

India plans dam on Brahmaputra to offset Chinese construction upstream

NEW DELHI: India is considering a plan to build a 10 gigawatts (GW) hydropower project in a remote eastern state, an Indian...

OECD sees global economy turning the corner on coronavirus crisis

PARIS: The outlook for the global economy is improving despite a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks in many countries as vaccines emerge...

Pfizer-BioNTech apply for EU emergency authorisation for Covid-19 vaccine

FRANKFURT: Pfizer Inc and BioNTech have applied to the European drugs regulator for conditional authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine, following similar steps...

Samsung may discontinue high-end Galaxy Note smartphones

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd may discontinue its premium Galaxy Note phone next year, sources with knowledge of the matter said, a...